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DOGS, CATS & POCKET PETS
You can positively impact the life of a shelter pet when you temporarily open your home. Fostering gives our longer-term residents a much-needed break from the kennel and provides prospective adopters with helpful information about how that pet behaves in a home environment. We provide all the supplies you need to care for your foster pet.
We often need foster parents to help animals recover from injury or illness. Recovery times vary, but what is certain is that the home environment is where the fastest healing occurs. Before matching you with an animal, our foster coordinators will ensure you are comfortable with the animal’s home healthcare needs. Like all our fosters, you will have all the necessary supplies.
It’s important for puppies to have a foster home to go to because they are especially vulnerable to parvovirus, leptospirosis, distemper, and more. These diseases can be potentially fatal to young dogs until their vaccines take full effect. Puppies require a lot of care and attention. If you have a schedule that is conducive to caring for a puppy, please let us know on the form.
We need fosters we can call upon to help us foster kittens requiring bottle feeding. Because we cannot keep these orphaned kittens unattended at the shelter overnight, kitten fosters will often get the call to foster on the same-day we receive them. If you have experience bottle feeding or would like to learn, please let us know on the form.
Fosters must be willing and able to follow all rules and guidelines provided in the foster agreement. This includes but is not limited to attending adoption events and meet-and-greets, responding to communications thoroughly and promptly, and being available to transport the pet to off site medical appointments if the need arises.
Dogs: We need fosters who can make a minimum two-week commitment. Foster's aid in the important work of helping a dog decompress from the daily stressors that come with living in a shelter environment. Prepare to provide boundaries and structure for a dog needing space and time to find its center. To do this, a person doesn’t need to be a highly experienced dog handler. Each foster will be coached and given the support and guidance needed for this to be a rewarding experience.
Please note: Not all dogs are eligible for the foster program. The foster coordinator will match each person with foster candidates that fit their experience, availability, and lifestyle.
Adult cats: Some cats are frightened or sick and may need one or two weeks in a foster home to heal and feel safe. Other cats with a tough time living in a kennel may require a foster parent to keep them until they find an adoptive family.
Kittens: Kittens often need to stay in foster homes until they are six weeks old. We provide the food, supplies, and training needed for unweaned kittens.
- Absolutely. Once a foster makes that decision, we'll need to know their intentions. Until the adoption is finalized, the animal will continue to be presented to the public as adoptable.
- Yes, we have an emergency hotline available to foster parents twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
- Yes, however, we ask that fosters be prepared to keep all home pets and the foster pet separate. Properly integrating a new pet into the home is a process that can take several weeks, or even months. It’s an incremental process that takes longer than most temp-fosters will have the animal in their home. Even “dog or cat-friendly” animals need ample time to adjust to a new pack member and have been known to lash out when encroached upon.
- Getting the animal adopted becomes a joint effort once they go into the foster home. We expect our fosters to attend at least one monthly off-site adoption event. We also need fosters to send us photos or videos to post on social media and the website. If a prospective adopter reaches out, we will reach out to the foster and arrange a meet-and-greet.
Yes, we provide everything the foster pet will need. This includes things like food, bowls, bedding, toys, crates, litter, litter pans, etc. Medical care will typically be arranged at one of the off site clinics we partner with.